Been thinking about art for the kitchen. Why not? Here's a screen grab of my first take, in Illustrator. Anyway, I've been in all week doing job applications so I'm off for a walk on Hampstead Heath and then on to the London Art Fair this afternoon.
Taken delivery of 6 canvases [60cm x 80cm] in preparation for the Summer Exhibition this year and getting some things I DON'T want to do out of my system on some tiny canvases before I start on them. I can't do any worse than last year!
Don't seem to be achieving much so far this year. I've posted a couple of detail shots of this piece [14" x 14" acrylic on board] on Instagram but that's all I've been working on. Other than a couple of tiny acrylic doodles and some ideas in Illustrator for the shop. More of that later. Mostly I have been looking for some part-time work. Needs must!
My obsession with photographing walls started here. In New Orleans. I can't remember what year but I'm guessing about 1998. I uploaded this to flickr in 2004 [shot on an old Pentax SLR and scanned] and noticed it as I downloaded everything from there before closing my account.
Prompted by a suggestion to write an essay on the effects of photography on abstract art while I was studying graphic design my interest in abstract expressionism soon outweighed my interest in design and I started photographing walls with "artistic qualities".
When you want to try to avoid using social media so much, starting selling online is probably not the best idea!
In between attending to digital matters this piece I posted on 27/11 has progressed a bit and I just had a "turn it on its side revelation"! The text [if you can read it at this size] is an Anne Sexton quote;
“I am alone here in my own mind.
There is no map
and there is no road.
It is one of a kind
just as yours is.”
Anyway, this post is just a distraction from doing my Christmas shopping!
Seems an apt title given the connections I draw between random bits of wall; ghost signs, graffiti removal and the general wear and tear of concrete, wood and paintwork. It has certainly fed my Instagram feed and seems to be the direction any painting I do wants to go. So I think I'll just give in and follow it.
I must stop using my phone to photograph these things!
Mixed media on board 14.5" x 14.5"
Sigh... After a couple of sales I have come to realise that I can't afford to absorb the cost of postage on print sales. Sorry about that.
I've also been asked for bigger prints a couple of times now. I will attempt to shoot any future images at a higher resolution [or shoot walls in smaller parts and stitch them together to overcome my camera's shortcomings!] but for now any images already on sale just won't stand being printed at a larger size.
I have added this image, which is a digital manipulation of RF_0025 and is available as a 36" x 24" limited edition of 10 at £125.00
After a break from this I've gone off the gold leaf taxi route idea [although you can still see a bit of it at the moment] and think I'll use the "knowledge" idea in another form later. The digital stuff has taken up more time than I'd hoped so it's nice to be painting again.
The brutal truth is there aren't enough hours in the day. I've created a separate business account for the Steve Wilde Prints Facebook page which I now need to spend time generating a following as big as my normal account on! And I still can't get why my account isn't eligible for tagging on Instagram either. Anyway I managed to take some screen breaks and make this. Mostly acrylic on canvas with a few charcoal and oil stick embellishments.
Some [possibly] random postings to remind myself what I've been doing.